"THE NOBLE PURSUIT: WHY WE CHOOSE TO TEACH MATH"
SANDRA D. CANLAS
The role of a teacher is one of the most profound and influential professions in society. Educators have the power to shape the future, instilling knowledge, skills, and values in the next generation. Among the diverse subjects taught in schools, mathematics holds a unique place due to its universal applicability and power to develop critical thinking. but the question is why math among other fields? We explore the reasons why individuals like me choose to become math teachers and the impact we make on their students and society as a whole. First, I think is the Passion for Mathematics. The foundation of any great math teacher is a genuine love for the subject. Many educators choose to teach math because they are passionate about numbers, equations, and mathematical concepts. Their enthusiasm is infectious and often inspires students to discover the beauty of math for themselves. Second is inspiring Future Problem Solvers. Math is not just about numbers; it's about problem-solving and critical thinking. Math teachers see themselves as cultivators of future problem solvers who can tackle realworld challenges with confidence and precision. Last is Making a Difference. Teachers have the unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of their students. Math teachers are motivated by the desire to empower young minds with knowledge and skills that will serve them throughout their lives. Choosing to teach math is not just a career choice; it's a calling driven by a passion for mathematics, a commitment to education, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of students. Math teachers are the architects of analytical thinking, problem-solving skills, and future innovations. They inspire, mentor, and empower, leaving an indelible mark on their students' academic journeys and fostering a brighter future for all. It is through their dedication and love for the subject that mathematics continues to flourish as a cornerstone of education and human progress.
-oOoThe author is SST-II at San Simon High School